Strength in Numbers

by Ivette Alé

In April of this year I stood on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by a group of fierce advocates ready to speak truth to power on Prop 57. For years, I have worked alongside CURB and its members to bring our loved ones home, and our work on Prop 57 was one step closer…



Corrections spending keeps climbing: CA 2017-18 budget

by Ivette Alé

Yesterday, Governor Brown signed the 2017-18 CA State Budget. Increased investment in incarceration puts us all in danger of falling into Jeff Sessions’ plan to heighten racialized state violence. Alarming investments include: increases $500 million for state corrections  increases $1.5 million for local community corrections refurbishes or replaces the 12 Oldest Prisons in California On…



Join Us on Father’s Day!

by Ivette Alé

  Thank you to all those folks that came out to the LANMJ’s Mother’s Day event in May! This weekend we are celebrating Father’s Day at the Twin Towers and we want to invite you to join us. We also wanted to share the amazing video that MiTú created after our Mother’s Day event! You…



Tell the Conference Committee to invest in care, not cages!

by Ivette Alé

It’s go time for our California budget! Two weeks ago, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget, increasing funding for CDCR to an all-time high of $11.4 billion. Although Brown’s budget projects a decline of the average daily prison population by approximately 2,000 in 2017-18 due to voter mandated criminal justice reforms like Proposition…



Thank You & My Staff Transition!

by Ivette Alé

It is with a lot of excitement and some sadness that I’m writing to let you all know that I will be transitioning out of my position as CURB’s Statewide Co-Coordinator at the end of May. I have had different roles as Organizer, Coordinator, and Staff Trainer in CURB for the past 4 ½ years.…



For Immediate Release: California State Senate Passes Bill to Repeal Sentence Enhancement for Prior Drug Convictions

by Ivette Alé

For Immediate Release May 15, 2017 CONTACT: Daisy Vieyra, (916) 442-1036 x613, dvieyra@acluca.org California State Senate Passes Bill to Repeal Sentence Enhancement for Prior Drug Convictions Critics Say Long Sentences Failed to Reduce Drug Sales, Exacerbated Racial Disparities in Sentencing, Crippled State and Local Budgets Sacramento, CA — The California Senate took a step to address…